About Us

What is Daya Mina

‘Daya Mina’ is a Day Centre, run by the Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary, for young people with learning difficulties or are known as  slow learners. Daya Mina aims to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the so-called ‘disabled’ are in fact differently abled or differently gifted; functioning at different levels and having much to offer to society. They are helped to develop to the maximum their inherent potential and so taking their rightful place in society.
The Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary is dedicated to the care and education of the differently abled children of Sri Lanka since 1964. Daya Mina, which means ‘Jewel of love,’ was established in 1989, providing a number of differently-abled children and adults with a day care service, education and life training.
  • Self help and independence skills
  • Communication and language skills with speech therapy Special programs included the guidance of a psychiatrist (UK), medical advice from a board member, speech therapy and art therapy.
  • Vocation skill training: which includes Envelopes, carpentry, sewing, candles, chutney, wine making, carpets, cards, horticulture and other.
  • Parent counseling
  • Staff training
  • Open to visits from the medical students and trainee nurses as part of their training.
  • Interaction and participation with other centers and in public events
The child with intellectual challenges is a child/person like any other. There are latent and hidden talents which need to be discovered and nurtured. However the general norm is that they will not perform to a high degree of ability except in exceptional cases, it’s important to know and understand a child’s disability and learn to work within its confines, rather than expecting the disability to go away. Learning a child’s strengths and helping her compensate for weaknesses will play a important role in fostering success.

We Have A Strong Mission

“That they may have life; life in its fullness.” (Jn. 10.10)

Our Vision is to create an environment that allows the differently gifted the right to live in society, participating in every facet of life, at home, at work, intermingling socially or simply being an accepted part of the population.

We put into action the words of our Founder Fr P.J. Triest:
“There is nothing more powerful than love which is at the origin of everything!”

With the person at the heart of all we do, to provide a wide range of enabling support services to children and young people with learning disabilities, which promotes their dignity, individuality, inclusion and the fulfillment of their potential, thus enabling them to take their rightful place in society.   To welcome students from all social and religious backgrounds. To provide them with the optimum of facilities according to each individual’s needs.

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"God bestows His blessings without discrimination. The followers of Jesus are children of God, and they should manifest the family likeness by doing good to all, even to those who deserve the opposite."

F. F. Bruce

"When you know how much God is in love with you, then you can only live your life radiating that love"

Mother Theresa

"When you have the opportunity to do good, do not let it go by"

Saint Polycarp

"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others"

Mahathma Ghandi

"Never give up on the people you love, never give up on being happy, because life is an incredible show!"

Pope Francis

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